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Jesse is King Leading Shamrocks To Victory

30 de Mayo de 2022 a las 06:12

Photo Courtesy of Darren Stone, Times Colonist
Article by Gary Groob
Columnist and Co-Host on Spanglish Sports World and Spanglish World Networks
TORONTO. - The Western Lacrosse Association (WLA) opened their 2022 summer season  Friday night with the New Westminster Salmonbellies visiting the Victoria Shamrocks at Q Arena in front of 2,381 fans.  Jesse King led the Shamrocks with eight points, as Victoria scored early and often enroute to a 14-10 victory.

The goalie match-up was Zach Higgins for the Salmonbellies vs.Pete Dubenski for the Shamrocks.

To the game...

The Salmonbellies opened the scoring when Colton Clark (2g,1a) converted a Jimmy McBride pass beating Pete Dubenski at 2:08.  The lead was short-lived as the Shamrocks came back with three quick goals.  Cole Pickup (3g,0a) scored the first goal off a Jesse King pass at 3:21.  Larson Sundown (3g,2a) scored the next Shamrocks goal off a Jake Foster pass at 4:20, followed by Jesse King (4g,4a) scoring the third goal off a Larson Sundown pass at 5:51.

New Westminster came back with two goals of their own when Haiden Dickson (3g,0a) scored on the power play off a Mitch Jones pass at 7:58, followed by Jones (1g,1a) himself scoring off a Jordan McBride pass just 0:37 seconds later to tie the game at three.

The Shamrocks wouldn't be outdone and scored three unanswered goals inside a minute to regain control of the game.  Jesse King scored his second of the night off a Nick Preston pass, followed by Cole Pickup with his second of the game off a Marshall King pass, and King once more, unassisted at 10:31.  Colton Clark got one back for the Salmonbellies at 12:56.

Cole Pickup scored his third of the game converting a Larson Sundown pass at 14:08, followed by Liam Phillips (2g,0a) scoring at 17:55 to increase the Shamrocks lead to 8-4.

Haiden Dickson scored his second of the game for New Westminster, converting a Jordan McBride pass at 18:07.

After one period, Shamrocks 8 Salmonbellies 5.

Second Period:

A more subdued period was the second, with only the Shamrocks scoring.  Victoria got one of each type of goal...power play, even strength, and shorty.

The power play goal came just 1:24 into the period when Marshall King (1g,1a) converted a Rhys Duch pass.  Larson Sundown scored an even strength goal off a Jesse King pass 0:28 seconds later, and King himself got his fourth of the game shorthanded at 7:06.

After two periods, Victoria 11 New Westminster 5.

Third Period:

The Salmonbellies got back on track in the third period narrowing the lead with a four goal run to start the period.   Jason Jones (1g,0a) scored off a Jordan McBride pass at 5:21, followed by Marcus Klarich (1g,1a) also converting a Jordan McBride pass at 6:08.  Haiden Dickson scored his third of the night at 7:18 off a Marcus Klarich pass, followed by Justin Salt (1g, 1a) unassisted tally at 7:52, but Larson Sundown scored his third of the night for Victoria just 0:21 seconds after the Salmonbellies ninth goal. 

Although the action was fast and furious, there wasn't any more scoring until 17:53 when Liam Phillips scored his second of the game, followed by Jake Foster (1g, 1a) in transition at 18:50.  Jordan McBride (1g,4a) scored for New Westminster at 19:10 on a penalty shot, but it was too little too late.

Final score, Victoria 14 New Westminster 10.

Shots on goal favored Victoria 58-39.

Faceoffs were 19-8 in favor of the Shamrocks.

Each team had one power play goal, but Victoria also had a shorthanded goal as well.

Top Scorers

New Westminster Salmonbellies:

Jordan McBride 1g, 4a
Colton Clark 2g, 1a
Haiden Dickson 3g, 0a

Victoria Shamrocks:

Jesse King 4g, 4a
Larson Sundown 3g,2a
Cole Pickup 3g,0a